Lesley Scearce New CEO
April 17th, 2015 3:44 PM
Lesley Scearce Confirmed as United Way’s New CEO, to Begin in August, 2015
The United Way Board of Directors have named Lesley Scearce as the new President and CEO of United Way. Ms. Scearce will succeed current President and CEO Eva Dillard after her retirement in August, 2015.
CEO Search Committee Chair Dr. Bill Stacy shared the committee’s unanimous recommendation of Ms. Scearce with the Board of Directors at their meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
“We believe Lesley has the experience and skills necessary to lead United Way into the next decade, as the greater Chattanooga area continues to undergo significant change and growth,” said Board Chair Tom Glenn when addressing United Way’s leadership. “Her ability to lead a team, work effectively with partners and supporters, drive measurable impact, build strategically, and clearly communicate are some of the skills that will serve our United Way well.”
A Chattanooga native, Ms. Scearce received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and her Masters of Public Administration from UTC. She has been with On Point for 15 years, serving 13 of those years as President and CEO.
Under her leadership, On Point’s youth development efforts annually reach 15,000 students from 52 area schools assisted by partnerships with 50 community agencies. On Point’s impact also extends beyond our community as its research and curricula have been replicated in 30 states and 13 foreign countries.
When asked how she felt upon her confirmation Wednesday, Ms. Scearce said “I am humbled and excited to begin this new journey serving the United Way of Greater Chattanooga alongside such passionate staff, Board members, community agencies, and community leaders. Fourteen years of leading in education and youth development has taught me the power of partnership in ensuring our children are empowered from cradle to career, and that their lives are nestled in a foundation of stable families and communities. I look forward to building on the United Way's legacy of strong results to not only collectively solve our community's most pressing issues, but ensure all youth, families and citizens flourish.”
United Way of Greater Chattanooga funds local programs that create opportunities for people to care for themselves and each other, making our community the best at helping people achieve their potential. Because of an endowment fund that assists with overhead and administrative expenses, all campaign contributions (100 percent) go directly to services that help individuals and families in greater Chattanooga, North Georgia and Northeast Alabama.
Call 423-752-0300 or visit United Way online at LiveUnitedChattanooga.org for more information about United Way and its programs.
Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
April 14th, 2015 11:03 PM
United Way’s Volunteer Center Celebrates Community Champions
United Way’s Volunteer Center (a Hands-On action center) hosted the annual Volunteer United Awards Banquet to honor local volunteer “Champions” who become engaged in our community by working to solve local problems one day and one person at a time.
In this region over the past two years, United Way’s Volunteer Center recruited, engaged or managed more than 15,000 volunteers area-wide for various projects and organizations; brought in more than 100,000 volunteer hours to the region at a value of more than $2.5* million in human capital; coordinated hundreds of corporate service and day of caring projects; and helped approximately 200 area nonprofits recruit volunteers for their activities.
The Volunteer United Awards Banquet was hosted by United Way’s Volunteer Center, DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and the Corporate Volunteer Council (an advisory committee to the United Way). Area volunteers were celebrated for accomplishing important work – such as mentoring students, helping patients, providing fresh produce for those in need, and helping veterans and people with disabilities – through service.
This year’s keynote speaker was Bruce Hartmann, President of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, who spoke on “Volunteerism: the Foundation for Community.”
One corporation and six individuals were recognized for volunteering to meet needs in their communities. They were: Roper for the Corporate Volunteer of the Year; Erica Morelandfor the Youth Programs & Education Volunteer of the Year; Pam, Cage, and Chloe Gary for the Family Volunteers of the Year; Joyce McNish for the Health & Environmental Volunteers of the Year; Kristen Edgeworth for the Emerging Volunteer of the Year; Bertha Ware for the National Service Volunteer of the Year; and Jim Houghton for the Community Volunteer of the Year.
The awards banquet was made possible thanks to its sponsors: Elders ACE Hardware, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Unum, and First Tennessee Bank.
United Way's Volunteer Center, DOVIA and the Corporate Volunteer Council are also holding a special volunteers’ night out at the Lookouts on April 16 as another way of thanking their hard-working volunteers.
The Volunteer Center is a vital United Way program that locates volunteer opportunities and recruits people to contribute their time to create real impact and lasting change in their communities. One way it accomplishes that is through iHelpChattanooga.org, a handy web site that allows volunteers and agencies to meet community needs by connecting people looking for opportunities to organizations that need volunteers.
United Way's Volunteer Center promotes volunteerism throughout the region by helping organizations recruit volunteers and create the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors; connecting individuals, groups and corporations to customized volunteer opportunities that fit their interests; and publicly recognizing volunteer impact in our community.
Call Anna Baker, Volunteer Center Associate Director, at 423-752-0316 for more information on how to become involved in the community, or visit the web site at www.iHelpChattanooga.org.
*National Value of Volunteer Time - The estimated value of volunteer time for 2013 is $22.55 per hour. The new values for 2014 are being drawn later this year. See more at: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time#sthash.klCnjlXC.dpuf or https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time
Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Tennessee
Trends and Highlights Overview (no new state research available since 2012)
Overall, in Tennessee in 2012:
Volunteering and Civic Engagement in the United States
Research shows that overall rate of volunteering is slightly lower than the previous year yet remains strong and stable, and that Americans’ commitment to volunteering spans across generations. Key demographic highlights of the report include:
Celebrate Volunteering in April
April 14th, 2015 4:18 PM
It is springtime in the U.S., the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming. April is the perfect month to bring attention to volunteers and the new life they bring to their communities, whether through a yearlong commitment to national service, episodic volunteering, or even microvolunteering.
U.S. mayors and county executives have found that national service volunteers are part of a cost-effective strategy for addressing local challenges. So, on April 7th, nearly 2,500 officials highlighted the value of national service during the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Last year, 1,760 mayors representing more than 110 million citizens participated in the event, which is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, andCities of Service.
National Volunteer Week is from April 12-18. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses attention on the impact and power of volunteering and service and is endorsed by the President and Congress, governors, local officials, as well as corporate and community groups.
Our own United Way is celebrating our own annual Volunteer United Banquet this evening, where we honor the 2014 Volunteers of the Year for their work in local communities. These volunteer winners and nominees represent a wide spectrum of agencies from across the region. Later this week the Volunteer Center, DOVIA and the Corporate Volunteer Council will further honor their hard working volunteers with an evening out at the Lookouts Stadium. For more events scheduled this week, see the list below.
Even those who can’t participate in national service or more traditional volunteer activities can get involved during National Volunteer Week. Microvolunteering Day is April 15, a day when everyone can take ten minutes to do something positive. Microvolunteering entails small, immediate actions to benefit a worthy cause, e.g., answering online questions from students in underserved communities seeking advice on careers and education, or clicking on charities’ websites to help raise money to feed the hungry – at no cost to the microvolunteer. Check out other microvolunteering ideas at Help From Home.
Whether you volunteer through national service, or once a week, or just once a year, National Volunteer Week is for you. United Way thanks you for lending a hand to advance the common good. LIVE UNITED.
VOLUNTEER WEEK EVENTS
April 12 to 18
Sunday, April 12
Tuesday, April 14
Wednesday, April 15
Thursday, April 16
Friday, April 17
Saturday, April 18